Sand in the Gears

The unlovable

Thursday, November 10th, 2016 Posted in Faith and Life, The Sermons | 12 Comments »

I guess before you read the rest of this you should decide how you feel about the fact that I didn’t vote for either of them. Nor did I vote for the Libertarian, or the lady who makes Bernie Sanders ...

The dividing line

Friday, September 2nd, 2016 Posted in Curmudgeonry | 13 Comments »

Look, maybe it’s time we cash in our chips. Blow this popsicle stand and buy that cabin in the hills we’ve always talked about. Sink a well, set out the rabbit traps, and settle in for a long-ass winter. Don’t get ...

Backwards in a sideways world

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016 Posted in Curmudgeonry | 20 Comments »

When I was twelve, we were evicted from our house in Florida, a consequence either of Reaganomics or our failure to pay rent for three months, depending on whose story you wanted to believe. We faced a long, hungry drive ...

The Casserole Dish Manifesto

Friday, January 31st, 2014 Posted in Faith and Life | 2 Comments »

Well, I'd intended for any manifestos I write to be published well after my death, if not to spare my children the embarrassment, then to avert desecration of my grave. In grad school I learned, by way of a miserable ...

The lost conservative mind

Monday, August 19th, 2013 Posted in Curmudgeonry | 1 Comment »

I recently read Russell Kirk's The Conservative Mind, and composed a thought about it in relation to the state of this country, which perhaps more than ever before mirrors the state of man today—outwardly self-reliant, inwardly flailing. My thought is ...

The lies in truth

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013 Posted in Faith and Life | 21 Comments »

Michelle Obama called herself a "single mother" last week and we'll probably be hearing about it years from now. Some Obama opponents consider it evidence the president is an absentee father, others that he's gay, others simply that the Obamas ...

On the vice of chimps with shotguns

Friday, February 10th, 2012 Posted in Curmudgeonry | 5 Comments »

"Voting is a universal right." This wisdom from Victor Sanchez, president of the United States Student Association, explaining his efforts to get more college students to vote. Mr. Sanchez is himself a recent college graduate, and a fine illustration of ...

On Conservatives as Rapists

Saturday, January 28th, 2012 Posted in Curmudgeonry | 5 Comments »

It used to be required, of an intellectual seeking to hold forth on an idea, that he define his terms. Words are slippery things, after all. But then so are intellectuals, and perhaps this is why they often play faster ...

Maybe we get what we deserve

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009 Posted in Curmudgeonry | 12 Comments »

I can't abide people who are already salivating at the prospect of Obama's failure, who are convinced that he is a godless Marxist with a secret plan to steal our guns, open our borders, and make us all work like slaves on wind-energy ...

Plain Talk

Thursday, April 19th, 2007 Posted in Curmudgeonry | 12 Comments »

It took the slimmest of Supreme Court margins to afford states the right to stop the practice of seizing the skull of a partially-born infant and either crushing or puncturing it. I used to think that people just didn't know, ...

All Politics is Local

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007 Posted in Curmudgeonry | Comments Off on All Politics is Local

"I always get a little queasy," I began my speech, "when a group of people gets together to spend other people's money." Last night was my first attendance at a homeowner's association meeting, and I was there to defend my ...